*Please note: This review contains spoilers for The Raven Boys. Read at your own discretion.
Thanks to Adam, the ley lines in Henrietta are awake and alive. But Adam isn’t the same anymore, and neither are his friends. Especially Ronan, who is falling deeper and deeper into his dreams. Slowly, he learns what it means to be somebody like him, like his father—what he can do in his dreams, what he can bring out of them. When some really bad people come looking for Ronan and his talents, it becomes evident that Ronan isn’t the only one in Henrietta with special abilities.
After adoring The Raven Boys, I was slightly hesitant going into this book. I could tell it would be focusing heavily on Ronan, my least favorite raven boy. But I was excited to see where the Adam-Gansey-Blue love triangle would go, and where their Glendower quest would take them. However, by the end of the book, my opinion of Ronan improved, and my opinion of Adam soured. I quickly went from an Adam-Blue shipper to a Gansey-Blue shipper. And shockingly, Glendower really doesn’t play much of a role in this book. So overall, I was not expecting any of this.
I think this series works so well because there’s a LOT going on, but in a good way. There was so much emphasis in book 1 about Gansey’s eventual death, yet I almost completely forgot about all of that while reading book 2. This book does focus heavily on Ronan and his dreams and his family, and I got lost in it. Though I still prefer the Gansey and Blue chapters more than anyone else’s, it was interesting to focus on Ronan and learn to love him.
But Gansey-Blue lovers, don’t worry, there’s just enough in here for your heart to explode. This one chapter had me HOLLERING and I just wanted to read it over and over. Stiefvater clearly knows how to slow burn a romance. Is it hot in here?
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first, despite the change in focus. The writing is impeccable as always and the plot fascinating. Most of all, I love these characters. I’m so excited to see where book 3 takes us. But I think I’m going to save it for 2021. Though the anticipation IS killing me… Luckily I just got put on a hold list for it, which means I really do have to wait until January. But rest assured, I will most likely be starting it January 2nd when I go back to work and need something to listen to all day. Until then, I’ll just die in suspense.